This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Who does the family Bible go to?

Next month I will be turning over the family Bible to a cousin of mine who will be getting married. The Bible has been in the family for many, many generations, and will hopefully continue.

If you're wondering who the family Bible should go to, technically it goes to the eldest daughter of the family. And that is one of the reasons that it is such a treasure for genealogists - the names. Remember that when the [insert surname here] Bible goes to a daughter at her marriage, it becomes the [insert new surname here] Bible. So describing a Bible by a particular surname really makes no sense. It gets a new surname with the marriage of each daughter.

The Bible that I have been holding onto for fifteen years has seen some twists and turns. I've read the names in it, and you can see that it has moved around. And it has been passed to an unusual member of the family (such as me, a bachelor) a few times. But it has stayed in the family, and that is all that matters.
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